Jacinta has good reason to run
JACINTA Berlingeri is living proof that regardless of circumstance anyone can “have a go”.
The mother of three is a part-time university lecturer, PhD student and a marathon runner – she also has type 1 diabetes.
Although the Mosman Park resident said her life had changed substantially since the diagnosis about 15 years ago, it had not stopped her from living it.
“I did the City to Surf last year and I was the sixth female – that was a great run. I’ve run Berlin (marathon) the year before and the Gold Coast (marathon),” Mrs Berlingeri said.
“With my dietician, sports specialist and coach we just worked out a plan on how to keep competing even though I’ve got diabetes – I just have to do lots of monitoring.”
On May 25, Mrs Berlingeri will push her limits further by competing in the Run for a Reason as an ambassador for Subiaco-based organisation Diabetes WA.
However, she said she would be steering clear of the elite side of the event, focusing instead on inspiring others with the disease.
“It’s such a great community event – I’ve still got personal goals to achieve but it’s just to demonstrate that anyone can go out and run regardless of whether you’re diabetic or not,” Mrs Berlingeri said.
“Even with the younger groups who might be newly diagnosed – I’m kind of going, I’m a marathon runner how am I meant to inspire them, but it does.
“It’s still doable. Just because you’re diabetic doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.”
To donate to the Diabetes WA team ‘ Dash’, visit https://hbfrun2015.everydayhero.com/au/dash-fordiabetes-wa/members
Dash for diabetes: Jacinta Berlingeri has not allowed her diabetic condition to stop her from running marathons.